A woman was driving on a highway in North Melbourne, Australia, earlier this month when she noticed cars ahead of her slowing down to look at something on the road. As the woman approached the spot, she saw a brushtail possum lying motionless on the road — it looked like a car had struck and killed her. But what concerned the woman even more was the tiny 5-month-old baby clinging to the possum’s back — and the baby was very much alive.
Even though the woman was a little scared of what she might find, she parked her car on the side of the highway, grabbed a shopping bag and gingerly approached the mother possum and baby, who was later named Mavis. The woman could see that the mother had been badly injured, and if Mavis had still been in her pouch, she probably would have died as well. But since Mavis was clinging to her mother’s back, she’d survived.